No.823 Bargains






Mini talks about shopping for clothes and other items in her country.


Todd: Now, I thought we would talk a little bit about your country. First of all, about shopping, what is shopping like in Sri Lanka?

Mini: The basic difference of shopping in Sri Lanka is that you can bargain, like most of the places you can bargain, so if you and talk to the seller like very friendly and saying that you don’t have that much money, you only have this much money, and then he will of course reduce the price for you.

Todd: That’s pretty cool. So, does this only apply to shopping for food or shopping for clothing or is it for everything?

Mini: I think it’s for everything, even for jewelry, furniture, everything you can bargain.

Todd: OK, now are things, most things in Sri Lanka much cheaper than they are in Japan or the United States?

Mini: Of course, it’s very much cheaper.When I come here and see and it’s like half the price.

Todd: Wow, half the price.

Mini: Yeah, most of it. For example, if it’s like a 100 yen here, the thing in Sri Lanka will be like maybe ten yen, twenty yen, so it’s like very cheap.

Todd: Wow. That is a big difference. Only twenty percent of the original cost.

Mini: But on the other hand, the salary that we receive is quite lower than the salary that you receive in Japan, so maybe in terms of Sri Lankan people it’s expensive but for me, when I see from this perspective it’s very cheap.

Todd: Right, so if you buy a shirt, like a nice cotton shirt in Sri Lanka, how much would that cost?

Mini: Around a 100 rupees in terms of yen, and it will be around 150 yen, 200 yen.

Todd: That is cheap.

Mini: It’s very cheap.

Todd: OK, and how about if you want to buy a nice suit, you want to buy slacks and a jacket and a tie and a dress shirt, how much would that cost?

Mini: If you want to order it order-made, it will be around 5,000 yen, around 4,000 rupees, but if it’s just like the suit in the shop, it’s more cheaper than that.

Todd: Even cheaper.

Mini: Yeah, around 4,000 yen.

Todd: So, 4,000 yen. Now, 4,000 yen is how much in rupees?

Mini: 3,500, 3,200 rupees around.

Todd: Yeah, I think in dollars that would be about 35 dollars.

Mini: That’s very cheap.

Todd: That’s really cheap.



ancient things

You can see ancient things.

‘Ancient’ things have been around for thousands of years or are really really old.  Notice the following:

  1. It’s an ancient castle.
  2. The great wall is an amazing example of ancient Chinese history.

a castle

We have a castle called the Rock Castle.

A ‘castle; is a large stone building from past history that we can still visit, especially in Europe.  Notice the following:

  1. I loved the castle in Lord of the Rings.
  2. The castle tour was cool!


You can see the ruins there.

‘Ruins’ are parts of old buildings that remain after hundreds or even thousands of years.  Notice the following:

  1. The ruins were interesting to see.
  2. The castle ruins are in quite good condition.

all over the place

We have beaches all over the place.

The phrase ‘all over the place’ means in many different places.  Notice the following:

  1. There are 7-11 stores all over the place.
  2. We walked all over the place trying to find it.


It’s not popular amongst Sri Lankans.

In modern usage we use ‘among’. Here ‘amongst’ is used to describe the feelings within a group of people.  Notice the following:

  1. Rap music is popular amongst American college students.
  2. English is widely spoken amongst the staff.

Learn more!

basic • perspective • rupees
order-made • just like
  1. I got these pants for only $5.
  2. He looks your brother.
  3. I think you have a different about the situation than I do.
  4. The idea is the same, but the design is completely different.
  5. How many should I pay for a hotel room?

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